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A Contractual Attorney Fee Provision Cannot Override the Statutory Cap on Attorney Fees in a Small Claims Appeal

Michael Dorsey v. The Superior Court of San Diego (Crosier) - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (October 22, 2015) - Small Claims Court exists so those with meritorious claims under $10,000 can have their...more

Legal Ramifications of the Bedbug Renaissance

Recently, several states and municipalities have increased landlords’ responsibility pertaining to prevention, disclosure and treatment of bedbugs in their housing units. As many unfortunately know, controlling a bedbug...more

Sixth Circuit Files Win for Bankruptcy Debtors Harassed During Automatic Stay

Creditors of bankruptcy debtors beware: a recent opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals makes clear that creditors cannot circumvent the ban on collection efforts following the petition for bankruptcy by trying to...more

It just got a little bit easier to enforce judgment liens

Last year, we posted It just got a little bit harder to enforce judgment liens, which analyzed a Court of Appeals decision that invalidated a judgment lien against third-party purchasers due to the judgment creditors’ failure...more

Waivers of Rights to Compensation are Enforceable in Eminent Domain Actions

It’s not every day you’re involved in a successful eminent domain case before the California Court of Appeal. It’s even more unusual when the case deals with a number of interesting legal issues, such as the enforceability...more

Suing Your Tenant for Damages – Can You Recover Attorney’s Fees?

It’s one of the larger mines in the minefield of renting out property as a landlord – what happens when the tenant breaches the lease? What happens when the tenant doesn’t pay? In and among the questions presented by such a...more

California Court of Appeal affirms vitality of California’s Right to Repair Act (SB 800) against construction defect claims

The California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, issued a published opinion last week holding that California’s Right to Repair Act (Act, commonly known in the homebuilding industry as SB 800, applies to all claims by...more

N.D. Illinois: Bank’s HAMP Procedures Weren’t Unfair or Deceptive

A U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of Illinois recently granted summary judgment in favor of defendant PNC Bank on a borrower’s promissory estoppel and Illinois Consumer Fraud Act (ICFA) claims in connection with...more

Finally, a SOL Decision Focused On Unjust Enrichment and Inequitable Results

This week, the First District Court of Appeals joined the Fourth District Court of Appeals in holding that Florida’s five-year statute of limitation (SOL), under Fla. Stat. § 95.11(2)(c), did not bar the lender’s second...more

North Carolina Governor Signs HB 174/Session Law 178 into Law – Altering Foreclosure Rights & Remedies in the Landlord-Tenant...

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 174/Session Law 178 into law on August 5, modifying several requirements to the foreclosure process in the landlord-tenant context. Of particular importance, the bill amended the...more

The Defaulting Seller and a Notice of Lis Pendens

After months of searching, you have finally found the house of your dreams, and much to your delight the Seller has accepted your offer of $500,000. You deposit your $15,000 “earnest money” with the escrow company, and an...more

Insurance Filed Rate Defense Wins Over the Second Circuit

In a noteworthy embrace of the filed rate doctrine, the Second Circuit recently ruled, in the context of a challenge to so-called lender-placed or “force placed” insurance, that a regulator-approved rate is subject to the...more

It’s Time to Rewrite Wisconsin’s Single-Party Listing Agreement

A note to the drafters of Wisconsin’s single-party listing contract: It’s time to redefine what triggers the payment of a commission under the contract after a recent decision of Wisconsin’s supreme court in Ash Park, LLC v....more

Rules Against Title Insurer on Date of Loss Issue

In the recent decision in First American Title Insurance Co. v. Johnson Bank, 1 CA-CV 14-0190, 2015 WL 3965740 filed June 30, 2015, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that the date for calculating a loss under a lender’s title...more

H.B. 2067: A Statutory Method for Unilateral Rescission

In a move greatly benefiting lienholders and loan servicers, Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed H.B. 2067, amending the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code to allow for the unilateral rescission of the acceleration...more

Does “Red Tagging” Terminate a Lease?

There’s been an earthquake, and an apartment building is red-tagged by the city or county because the utilities have been disconnected and the utility lines need repair; the landlord is dragging his feet about getting them...more

New York Court of Appeals Provides Guidance on Deficiency Judgments

The level of proof that a lender must submit to obtain a deficiency judgment following a mortgage foreclosure was recently clarified by the New York Court of Appeals. Under RPAPL § 1371, a lender may seek a deficiency...more

Newly-Enacted Texas Law Confirms Mechanism for Lenders to Unilaterally Rescind Acceleration

On June 17, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 2067, which amends the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code to provide a clear mechanism for lenders to unilaterally rescind acceleration of a defaulted loan. ...more

Do the CFPB Mortgage Servicing Rules Provide For Rescission?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) mortgage servicing rules have now been in place for nearly 18 months. These rules have set forth extensive loss mitigation procedures that nearly all servicers must follow. In...more

Appraisers’ Failure to Perform Assessment of Property’s Existence or Damage is Reversible Error

In Lee v. California Capital Insurance Co. (No. A136280; filed 6/18/15), a California Court of Appeal held that it was error for an appraisal panel to assign loss values to items simply because they were listed in the...more

Letters of the Law: 'L' is for Lien

Contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and consultants cite “not getting paid” as one of the biggest challenges to operating in the construction industry in Qatar. Understandably, companies are starting to look for...more

The Different Warranties Covering A Contractor’s Work

A general’s or subcontractor’s job is far from over when it receives final payment on a construction project. Rather, final payment begins a new phase of the project, the warranty phase, which may last years. This is true...more

Righting a Wrong in West Virginia – The Residential Construction Right to Cure

In residential construction, problems can arise with customers that cause expensive litigation. In West Virginia, a right to cure in residential construction by statute can alleviate such costs. The statutory term is...more

Class Action Plaintiffs Continue Attack on Residential Rent Late Fees

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have recently taken aim at REITS and other owners and managers of multi-family property portfolios - filing class action lawsuits seeking damages and to invalidate late fee charges imposed under...more

Liquidated Damages Can Create a Cap on What You Can Recover

When thinking about liquidated damages, most people focus on the fact that a properly drafted liquidated damages provision will enable the non-breaching party to recover a set amount without ever having to prove how much, if...more

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